The Great Pacific Garage Patch Cleanup – Innovative Technology

This site describes an impressive large scale attempt to clean up the plastics accumulating in the Pacific.  The process is a passive ocean cleanup system, utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage. Read more about our drifting systems here. Continue reading

What makes blue-green algae dangerous?—Speaking of Chemistry

Pond scum is usually just a nuisance, but it can become dangerous. Check out the chemistry behind these harmful algal blooms. And don’t forget to subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions
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When the environmental conditions are right, blue-green algae (which are actually blue-green bacteria) can blossom into harmful algal blooms. These blooms can release all sorts of deadly poisons into the environment. In this episode, SOC’s Sophia Cai explains how human health could be at risk, with help from SOC’s structure-drawing extraordinaire, Lauren Wolf.

Check out the story behind this video: http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i12/Sc…

Watershed Workout

By Megan Joyner

Grade 8: Understanding Earth and Space Systems Water Systems (watersheds)

Lesson Focus (Overall Expectations)

Big Idea: Water is crucial to life on earth and water systems influence climate and weather patterns. More specifically, after being introduced to the idea that water is a finite resource, the big idea of the day is, if the earth is known as the water planet, where does our water come from? Continue reading